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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

1998

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Foland

Keywords

nurse and patient, patient legal status, nursing practice

Abstract

The purposes of this study were: (a) to examine state's boards of nursing for the presence of abandonment language, (b) to identify the prevalent types of abandonment language, if present, and (c) to compare abandonment language among states. Nurse practice acts and documents on abandonment were obtained from states. Over half of the states' boards of nursing have abandonment language in their nurse practice acts and documents. This language is predominantly in the form of an abandonment term or comparative phrase. Only four states include a definition of abandonment in their nurse practice act. A standard definition of abandonment is recommended to provide consistency from state to state. It is important nurses understand their state laws. Indications are there will be increasing numbers of abandonment claims being brought to the state's boards. Consistency may be of benefit in handling claims.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nurse and patient
Patients -- Legal status, laws, etc
Nursing -- Practice

Number of Pages

91

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

Copyright © 1998 Julaine Selzler. All rights reserved

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